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1 SUMMER SURVIVAL STRATEGIES by Don Lasell, (B.Ed., M.A.) Registered Clinical Counsellor

2 OVERVIEW I. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF II. NURTURE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS III. SPEND ONE TO ONE TIME WITH EACH CHILD IV. HOLD WEEKLY FAMILY MEETINGS V. CREATE A SUMMER SUPPORT NETWORK VI. HAVE THE COURAGE TO BE IMPERFECT VII. RESOURCES Don Lasell (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.)PAX COUNSELLING SERVICES Registered Clinical

3 1. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF Manage stress Stay in your circle of influence. Choose your battles. Set boundaries Focus on your response. Know & work with yourself Reflect – recognize/choose your perspective. Learn to let go. Don Lasell (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.)PAX COUNSELLING SERVICES Registered Clinical

4 Circle of influence Circle of concern Don Lasell (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.)PAX COUNSELLING SERVICES Registered Clinical Stephen R. Covey – Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

5 Boundaries Communication RequestConsequence I message Request behaviouralSelf-imposed Change response When… I feel… because…Would you please…If you… I will… Don Lasell (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.)PAX COUNSELLING SERVICES Registered Clinical

6 Know yourself Practice mindfulness. Pay attention to self-talk. Be present focussed. Don Lasell (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.)PAX COUNSELLING SERVICES Registered Clinical

7 Mindfulness “Learning to pay attention to what we pay attention to.” Know what you want to change Know what you want to replace it with. Practice, practice, practice. Never give up. Don Lasell (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.)PAX COUNSELLING SERVICES Registered Clinical

8 Holmes Rahe ScaleHolmes Rahe Scale

9 “Often the way we see the problem, is the problem.” - Stephen R. Covey Don Lasell (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.)PAX COUNSELLING SERVICES Registered Clinical

10 Stress quiz – how stressed are you? Don Lasell (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.)PAX COUNSELLING SERVICES Registered Clinical

11 2. NURTURE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS Be a good listener. Communication styles Levels of communication Active vs. passive listening Acknowledgement Hang out together. Consult & collaborate. Be open to growth. Manage conflict immediately. Forgive often. Don Lasell (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.)PAX COUNSELLING SERVICES Registered Clinical

12 Communication Styles Aggressive Assertive Passive Don Lasell (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.)PAX COUNSELLING SERVICES Registered Clinical

13 Levels of communication Topic Emotion Don Lasell (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.)PAX COUNSELLING SERVICES Registered Clinical

14 Active listening Listen actively, rather than passively. Pay attention to body language/tone of voice. Give your full attention. Don Lasell (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.) PAX COUNSELLING SERVICES Registered Clinical

15 Two step listening i. Listen and watch for feelings, then acknowledge – i.e. “you seem…” ii.Ask if a suggestion or advise would be welcome - i.e. “may I make a suggestion?” Don Lasell (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.)PAX COUNSELLING SERVICES Registered Clinical

16 T-times – Denis Boyd Hang out with each other daily - Schedule daily talk time. - Start with the “mood of the moment” by guessing each other’s mood. - “Check in” by talking about your day and how you felt about it. - Talk about current family issues only after you have checked in with each other. Don Lasell (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.)PAX COUNSELLING SERVICES Registered Clinical

17 Time out/time in ANGER – can be expressed as ranting and raving or as shutting down – both hurt a relationship. Anger can be a sign of poor listening. ANGER – should not be expressed disrespectfully (i.e. name calling, put downs, sarcasm, ridicule…). – Denis Boyd Don Lasell (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.)PAX COUNSELLING SERVICES Registered Clinical

18 What is your communication style? your-communication-style uiz.html management-styles-quiz.pdfwww.ncsu.edu/grad/preparing.../conflict- management-styles-quiz.pdf Don Lasell (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.)PAX COUNSELLING SERVICES Registered Clinical

19 “It is better to keep your mouth closed and to be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt”. - Mark Twain Don Lasell (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.)PAX COUNSELLING SERVICES Registered Clinical

20 3. SPEND 1 to 1 TIME WITH EACH CHILD Don Lasell (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.)PAX COUNSELLING SERVICES Registered Clinical Set up a regular “date time” with each child. Try to do more listening than talking. Pay attention to what is said and how it is said. Also pay attention to what is not said – listen for feelings. Notice and encourage willingness to share thoughts and feelings. Remember -in the end, it is all about relationship.

21 Praise vs. Encouragement Systematic Training for Effective Parenting – Dinkmeyer & McKay Encouragement - Focus on effort - Encourages cooperation - Internal locus of control - I matter. Praise - Focus on accomplishment - Fosters competition - External locus of control - I matter only when… Don Lasell (B.Ed., M.A., R.C.C.) Denis Boyd & Associates – 1046 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam, BC V3K 3P3 ( )

22 Parenting styles Authoritarian – gives orders Permissive - gives in Democratic – gives choices Don Lasell (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.)PAX COUNSELLING SERVICES Registered Clinical

23 What is your parenting style? parenting-style.html Don Lasell (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.)PAX COUNSELLING SERVICES Registered Clinical

24 “Encouragement is to a child what water is to a flower”. Don Lasell (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.)PAX COUNSELLING SERVICES Registered Clinical

25 4. HOLD WEEKLY FAMILY MEETINGS Advantages Provides a regular forum to discuss family related issues Models respectful patterns of communication Keeps parents and children better connected Teaches problem solving skills Encourages cooperation Increases responsibility Reduces complaining Improves relationships Don Lasell (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.)PAX COUNSELLING SERVICES Registered Clinical

26 Family council meeting format CHECK IN - what good things have happened this week? READ PREVIOUS MINUTES. REVIEW OLD BUSINESS - discuss what went well, what didn't go well. DISCUSS NEW BUSINESS - list what needs to be discussed, prioritize, and then discuss in order of priority. PROBLEM SOLVE - brainstorm possible solutions allowing the person who owns the problem to select the solution of his or her choice to be tried over the next week. PLAN FAMILY FUN - discuss what will be done for fun after next week's family meeting. REVIEW SOLUTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES - discuss who has agreed to do what. Don Lasell (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.)PAX COUNSELLING SERVICES Registered Clinical

27 Family council meeting strategies-for-parents.html Don Lasell (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.)PAX COUNSELLING SERVICES Registered Clinical

28 “The amazing thing about marriage isn’t that adults produce children, but that children produce adults”. - author unknown “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” - Theodore Hesburgh Don Lasell (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.)PAX COUNSELLING SERVICES Registered Clinical

29 5. CREATE A SUMMER SUPPORT NETWORK Pair up & Take turns Pair up with friends or take turns watching each other’s children so as to give each other a break. Plan ahead Schedule more involved activities well in advance, this both reduces your stress while also giving the children something to look forward to. Don Lasell (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.)PAX COUNSELLING SERVICES Registered Clinical

30 Summer activites e10123.pdf ost_free Don Lasell (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.)PAX COUNSELLING SERVICES Registered Clinical

31 6. HAVE THE COURAGE TO BE IMPERFECT Don Lasell (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.)PAX COUNSELLING SERVICES Registered Clinical Seek improvement vs. perfection. Accept reality. Be present focussed. Model the courage to take healthy risks. Share your thoughts and feelings. Apologise often. Learn to take yourself less seriously.

32 Resources Don Lasell (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.)PAX COUNSELLING SERVICES Registered Clinical BOOKS: Boundaries in Marriage – Townsend & Cloud Boundaries in Marriage – Townsend & Cloud Marriage Can Be Great – No Really! – Denis Boyd Marriage Can Be Great – No Really! – Denis Boyd Mindsight – Daniel J. Siegel Mindsight – Daniel J. Siegel Systematic Training for Effective Parenting – Dinkmeyer & McKay Systematic Training for Effective Parenting – Dinkmeyer & McKay The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey WEBSITES:

33 “Life is too important to take seriously”. - Mark Twain Don Lasell (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.)PAX COUNSELLING SERVICES Registered Clinical


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